We’ve finally solved the mystery of unidentified flying objects. They’re really big government bureaucrats operating at a higher altitude.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Schumer selectee whose failed political aspirations crashed and burned, is getting behind UFOs, that is using them to make big government even bigger by jamming an ‘‘Anomaly Surveillance and Resolution Office” into the NDAA.
The Washington Examiner, for whatever inexplicable reason, decided to run an op-ed titled, “Why Kirsten Gillibrand’s UFO amendment deserves bipartisan support”.
The amendment in question goes on for several pages. I can promise you it will not discover any aliens, but will once again expand the scope and costs of the government.
Most Americans have already figured out by now that the government doesn’t really solve problems, it leverages them to expand itself.
Take this little tidbit about the expansion of the National Security Council from something smaller than Gillibrand’s proposed UFO coordination group into a huge real-world monster.
Under Obama, the NSC staff hit 400 people. That’s up from a dozen during its Cold War origins.
The NSC was born in the Truman era, not as a byzantine government bureaucracy full of endless departments and hundreds of staffers, but as a means for key foreign policy and national defense figures to coordinate, develop options and then present them to the President of the United States.
People like Vindman or Fiona Hill were never supposed to be there.
In the 1947 National Security Act, the Council was to consist of the Secretary of State, the Defense Secretary, the heads of the branches of the military, and various strategic services and agencies, who would meet at sessions presided over by the President.
There was also to be a staff “headed by a civilian executive secretary”.
What started out as a formal kitchen cabinet turned into a monster. And that didn’t exactly take decades. The NSC staff was at 50 people under George H.W. Bush. It hit 400 under Obama.
That’s an eightfold increase from Bush I and a threefold increase from his predecessor, Bush II.
That’s how the game is played. The government never gets smaller, it just finds new constituencies for making it bigger. Using UFOs to make government bigger is innovative, albeit leads to the same exact place. I can’t wait until the committee discovers that the root cause of UFOs is a lack of equity and can only be solved with more community grants.
Even the best-intentioned attempts at streamlining and coordinating intelligence and operations against real threats, like the Department of Homeland Security, are mostly useless operations that bulk up government. Gillibrand’s UFO office will no doubt have patronage opportunities and allow for D.C. special interests in various government agencies to expand the budget and carve out new fiefdoms.
There have been all sorts of conspiracy theories about UFOs and why this issue is suddenly being aggressively promoted.
The answer, as it turned out, was all too simple. UFOs can make government bigger.